WCR This Week

CCODP gets more funds to help with Syrian relief

David Leduc
May 2, 2016
DEBORAH GYAPONG
CANADIAN CATHOLIC NEWS

OTTAWA - The Canadian Catholic Organization for Development and Peace has received $5.95 million in additional funding from the federal government's Syria Emergency Relief Fund. International Development Minister Marie-Claude Bibeau held a news conference April 13, flanked by representatives from a dozen Canadian NGOs, including Development and Peace executive director David Leduc.

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Activist Dorothy Day seen as possible saint

Dorothy Day
May 2, 2016
CATHOLIC NEWS SERVICE

An inquiry into the life of Dorothy Day, co-founder of the Catholic Worker Movement, will begin soon and run to the end of 2016. The Archdiocese of New York, which is sponsoring her sainthood cause and is where Day oversaw Catholic Worker houses, made the announcement. The Dorothy Day Guild, established in 2005 to promote her life and works, said on its website that 52 people have been chosen for interviews in the inquiry.

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Nouwen's light still shines brightly 20 years after he died

Fr. Henri Nouwen
May 2, 2016
MICHAEL SWAN
THE CATHOLIC REGISTER

Father Henri Nouwen is still trying to help us understand. He's been dead 20 years, but he's still talking to us about our gifts and our failures, our hopes and our doubts, God and love and sin and community and loneliness. Thirty-eight of Nouwen's 39 books are still in print, some available in half a dozen or more languages. The books are studied in Catholic and Protestant seminaries, assigned as spiritual reading by retreat masters and passed from friend to friend.

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Climate change, wars fuel natural disasters

Cardinal Luis Antonio Tagle
May 2, 2016
FRANCOIS GLOUTNAY
CATHOLIC NEWS SERVICE

Climate change and emergency situations are linked, but global emergencies also can be caused by people, said two leaders of Caritas Internationalis, the umbrella organization for Catholic charitable organizations. Emergencies are on the rise in the world, said Michel Roy, general secretary of Caritas Internationalis.

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UK Catholic schools advised against gender-neutral washrooms

May 2, 2016
SIMON CALDWELL
CATHOLIC NEWS SERVICE

Catholic schools that voluntarily set up gender-neutral toilets or changing rooms to accommodate increasing numbers of transgender students could be sued in the event of a sex attack, a Catholic lawyer warned. Neil Addison, director of the Liverpool-based Thomas More Legal Centre, said schools that adopted such arrangements voluntarily would leave themselves open to legal action if a crime was committed because of their policy.

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Elderly coming to fear hospitals, Smith tells Every Life Matters

April 18, 2016
THANDIWE KONGUAVI
WESTERN CATHOLIC REPORTER

The spectre of assisted suicide is leading aging people to "fear an institution that should be the last thing they should ever fear - a hospital," says Archbishop Richard Smith. "But the strong feeling is, 'If I can't speak for myself, if I'm alone with no family members, are they going to kill me?'" he said during the second of the Every Life Matters series April 5 at Edmonton's Corpus Christi Church. It is a question that "flows naturally" from the Supreme Court decision, the archbishop said.

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Art heals at-risk youth's addiction

April 18, 2016
THANDIWE KONGUAVI
WESTERN CATHOLIC REPORTER

It is not surprising Brooke sometimes speaks in treatment terms like "shame messages" when she tries to tell her story. They are negative things about herself that her brain tells her. She has been through a lot. At just 19, Brooke has lived on the street and been to four treatment centres, after spiraling into mental illness and addiction at the tender age of 12. It was also at age 12 that she discovered what would be her saving grace: art and writing.

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Canada's bishops like papal statement on family love

April 18, 2016
CANADIAN CATHOLIC NEWS

OTTAWA - Canada's Catholic bishops welcomed Pope Francis' post-synodal exhortation Amoris Laetita: On Love in the Family April 8, noting in its teachings its rejection of euthanasia. As the Canadian government is in the process of crafting a law that would permit doctor-assisted death, the statement from the Canadian Conference of Catholic Bishops (CCCB) notes: "Amoris Laetitia reiterates the necessity of protecting human life from beginning to its natural end." The pope also stressed the duty of conscientious objection in health care facilities and the "urgency to assert the right to a natural death without aggressive treatment and euthanasia," the CCCB statement said.

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Respect rights of Aboriginal children, advocate urges

April 18, 2016
ANDRÉA LEDDING
PRAIRIE MESSENGER

SASKATOON - Canadians and First Nations people must exert pressure on governments to respect the rights of Aboriginal children, says native rights activist Cindy Blackstock. "Nobody else has to fight from childhood to be treated equally by the government," said Blackstock told the Think Indigenous Youth Conference in Saskatoon March 18. In January, the Canadian Human Rights Tribunal ruled in favour of Blackstock's contention that the federal government's longstanding underfunding of child and family services on reserves is a form of racial discrimination.

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Palliative care gave patient, family 2 years of peace

April 18,2016
RAMON GONZALEZ
WESTERN CATHOLIC REPORTER

Guided by Jesus' words - "Whatever you did to one the least of my brothers and sisters, you did to me" - Father Eamon McNerney once refused to endorse assisted suicide for the relative of a colleague. He instead recommended the relative receive palliative care, which aims to manage the pain and symptoms of a disease, while neither hastening death nor prolonging the dying process. The goal is to improve the quality of life for both the patient and the family. Palliative care is available in faith-based hospitals across Alberta and many other parts of Canada.

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